[Homeroast] Ehtiopia Trip

Michael Wascher wascher at gmail.com
Fri Aug 27 21:26:24 CDT 2010

The list needs a field trip!

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On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 10:14 PM, Gregg Talton <gregg.talton at gmail.com> wrote:
> Lurk mode off...
> I've been a list member for several years and just returned from a wonderful
> visit to Ethiopia!  While my visit had nothing to do with coffee, I had some
> wonderful coffee experiences.  First, After a day in Addas Ababa we drove
> south to Lake Langano for a week.  While visiting a camp I was treated to
> some of the best coffee I've had outside my own homeroast.  They said it was
> from Sidamo but since I don't speak Amheric very well I don't know much else
> about the coffee.  I was taken to an open fire behind the kitchen where they
> roasted the coffee on what appeard to be a very large wok shaped pan.  The
> lady roasting the coffee used a stick to stir the and adjusted the heat by
> moving logs in and out of the fire. It was roasted to second crack and
> cooled in a clay container.   Since we all know the importance of a good
> grinder I could hardly wait for this step of the process.  They had a large
> wooden bowl and a few very large sticks from a tree.  The ends of the sticks
> were carved to a point and the coffee was pounded by two people into a
> powder.  Once a fine powder, it was poured over boiling water and served.
> The coffee was absolutely wonderful - chai spice, fruits...incredible
> flavor!  Since I was in Langano for a week, I had this wonderful brew every
> morning.
> After returning to Addis Ababa I began talking about coffee with one of the
> ladies who worked where I was staying.  She shared with me that she had
> previously worked in a large coffee processing facility and could arrange a
> tour if I was interested.  As my son would say..."well duh".  We drove
> across town the next morning to Robera Coffee where they were processing
> Yirga Cheffe.  It was an amazing tour of the processing facility, roasting
> room, cupping room and lab.  But I'll never forget the four long rows of
> ladies sitting at conveyors hand sorting coffee.  I have pictures and will
> share them soon, including video of the coffee roasting at Langano.  After
> the tour I was treated to several shots of SO Yirg espresso... I was a happy
> man.
> I'm now home in Charlotte drinking Moka Kadir Blend and some mighty fine
> Ethiopian ordered from SM before my trip.  Although I'm looking forward to
> returning to Langano next summer.
> Gregg Talton
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